F1 » Petrov has €15 million to become first Russian in F1

GP2 Series front-runner and 2009 title contender Vitaly Petrov is ready to buy his way onto the grand prix grid in F1 2010 - but Renault team principal Eric Boullier hints that the 25-year-old's 'talent alone is more than enough'...

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January 25, 2010 3:45 PM

I thought that was a bit of a reach too there, Gagarin to Petrov...pretty random.

I wonder if Ho-Pin Tung is this even richer driver they are talking about, cause who else would it be? Quite sad when you have more than 15mn and don't get a drive (for the driver, not for F1 in general), if it is true that is. Could be just a story to make both Renault and Petrov look a little better if they do hire Petrov.

Taz - Unregistered

January 25, 2010 3:50 PM

I think having the balls to sit on top of rocket that had at best a 50% chance of getting into space (Lots of them blew up on previous flights) and trust the blokes on the ground to get him back alive just to be the 1st man in space ranks higher than some guy coming along with a bag of money to buy a drive in F1.


January 25, 2010 4:17 PM

I think Wili Weber either has a very different idea to most of us about what amounts to "real money" or he is just talking bull to help promote his pay driver (albeit a very good one!). Ony 6 or 7 top drivers earn real money eh? In last years' list only 4 were without salary, Algersuari on $500,000 and the other 15 $1 million+ (N. Heidfeld, placed 12th on the list at $2.8M - sounds like real money to me!


January 25, 2010 4:35 PM
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Nick must have taken some paycuts then. In '08 he was reportedly on 10mn while Kubica was on 2,5.

Anyway, I think Weber is not alluding to the amount of money drivers make, cause even the paydrivers bringing sponsors pocket a nice chunck of change for themselves (for instance, Dutch drivers Albers and Verstappen used to bring cash too, but pocketed about a million for themselves in the proces), but rather is talking about the drivers that are actually getting paid directly by the team to drive.

Like some have mentioned here before even Alonso could be classified as a paydriver, cause Santander more than picks up the tab for his services and they wouldn't be there if he wasn't.

Cobalt - Unregistered

January 26, 2010 4:31 AM

I would rather see Petrov given a chance than another mediocre driver from Germany, Britan, Finland or Brasil (Kovelainen, Sutil, Heidfeld, Piquet, Davidson, Carroll).

If Senna got a drive why not Petrov as well?

Would be good to see more international F1

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